Glitz is a Vikram Chatwal hallmark. When the 35-year-old scion of Indian-American hotel-and-restaurant tycoon Sant Chatwal got married in February to Bombay socialite Priya Sachdev, the wedding was spread over 10 unrestrained parties in three Indian cities for a full week, and
Hautel Couture's boutique flagship, Dream, has followed its first property in midtown Manhattan with a sleek, glass-wrapped edifice in Bangkok www.dreambkk.com. Its resident manager, Adi Jaya, is a dapper Balinese who trained at the sumptuous Asian chain Amanresorts, so you can expect your total experience accommodation, service, dining to be sublime. Inside the guest rooms, the accent is purely contemporary: white walls and leather chaises, cerulean lighting, Egyptian cotton linen tucked into platform beds, iPod nanos and 42-inch plasma TVs, while the two suites boast deep-soak baths and bars stocked with Veuve Clicquot and 42 Below. The overall effect is a cool look and a pampered feel. Vikram's next undertaking is a hotel in central London. The Dream lives on.